Van resists all efforts to repair and maintain.

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Owner: Russ Perman, Kirkland

Occupation: Automotive instructor, writer, photographer

Car’s make and model: 1969 Chevrolet SportVan 108

“I love my van because … [I] bought Gus — the old cuss — 25 years ago from original owner. This lovable old van was made as sturdy as a fire hydrant, and resists all efforts to repair and maintain, hence the name. Made when “men were men” and gas was cheap, it has so few options, heater/defroster fan controls listed as major feature in the manual. It was used for skiing, scuba diving and camping and a daily driver for years. Runs and drives like a 4,000-pound brick on wheels but gets smiles and turns heads each time I take it out.’’

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